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Balmorhea and Dragging an Ox Through Water


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Sun., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 2012 21+

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As the world gravitates toward greater cultural homogeny, we see the role of geography play less of a role in shaping artists' work. Thankfully, Balmorhea retain a hint of their native landscape. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the group appropriately sounds like it operates from that particular Southwest oasis. There's a foundation of Americana in their dusty instrumental pieces—banjos are plucked, acoustic guitars are strummed—but there's a strong current of Austin's artful weirdness at play as well. The songs carry a pastoral timbre, suggesting the optimism of the open West in one song, storm clouds brewing over horizon in the next. Yet Balmorhea's urban base provides a metropolitan filter of cinematic post-rock, ambient minimalism, and heady neo-classical arrangements for their rustic sounds. BRIAN COOK

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  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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  • Sun., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 2012
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